26 – 28 September 2018
eLearning Africa 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda devoted one of its Knowledge Exchange Sessions to the EPICA initiative. Participants joined the session to learn how EPICA’s competency-based ePortfolio will be able to transform the prospects of African workers in increasingly competitive markets.
Second Consortium Meeting
12 – 13 July 2018
Naura Springs, Arusha
The Open University of Tanzania (OUT) has hosted the second Consortium Meeting of H2020 EPICA project (Strategic partnership for the co-design of an innovative and scalable ePortfolio ecosystem to improve the quality and visibility of skills). In his opening remarks, Prof. Elifas Bisanda, Vice chancellor of The Open University of Tanzania, emphasized the importance of employing an ePortfolio as a tool to enable East African university graduates to demonstrate their skills and competencies.
Maseno University (MU) – Open Day
27 April 2018
EPICA held its third Open Day event at Maseno University on April 27th at the Kisumu Hotel's Oseno Hall. Dr. Benson Nyambega, Director of Research, Publication & Innovation, welcomed over 40 local stakeholders on behalf of Prof. Chacha, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Partnerships, Research & Innovation.
The Open University of Tanzania (OUT) – Open Day
19 April 2018
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Another milestone for EPICA was the Open Day event at Dar es Salaam's Open University of Tanzania (OUT). Dr. Edephonce Nfuka, EPICA Coordinator and Director of the Institute of Educational and Management Technologies, introduced the project to a full council chamber of stakeholders from the public, business and academic sector.
Makerere University (MAK) – Open Day
12 April 2018
EPICA received a warm welcome at Makerere University's Open Day on April 12th. At the half-day event, approximately 50 people came to learn about and discuss EPICA's ePortfolio strategy. Those in attendance had been previously identified as key stakeholders of EPICA's central goal: to bridge the pervasive skills gap. Among these stakeholders were professionals from the business sector, such as the Federation of Uganda Employers, the Uganda Manufacturers Association, as well as attendees from the Ministry of ICT & National Guidance, and the wider academic sector.
EPICA Kick-Off Meeting
28 – 31 January 2018
The EPICA Kick-Off Meeting took place from the 28 – 31 January, 2018 in Hunderfossen, Norway and was organised by the project coordinator, the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), Norway.
It was attended by representatives of the partner organisations involved in the project: ICDE (coordinator),African Virtual University, ICWE, Makerere University, MyDocumenta, Open University of Catalonia and The Open University of Tanzania.
EPICA Country Specific Events
During the three year span of the EPICA initiative, the three partnering Universities; Open University Tanzania, Makere University and Maseno University, will each organise two country-specific events in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. The first events will take place at the beginning of the project, providing each University the opportunity to present the project to local stakeholders (academic, industry, policy makers, etc.) to raise awareness and engagement. The later will be held at the end of the project, to promote adoption and implementation of the results among the end-users.